Trump announces lifting of Turkey sanctions

Donald Trump at a ceremony marking the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sep 11, 2019

Washington, Oct 23: President Donald Trump announced that sanctions on Turkey have been lifted and claimed all credit for Syria border de-escalation.US brokered Turkey-Syria ceasefire of 120 hours ended on Tuesday night but Turkey clinched deal with Russia and Presidnet Bashar al Assad has supported the deal.

“I have, therefore, instructed the Secretary of the Treasury to lift all sanctions imposed October 14th in response to Turkey’s original offensive moves against the Kurds,” Trump said.

President Trump praised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as “a man who loves his country” and thanked him for working on the Syria deal.

“I want to again thank everyone on the American team who helped achieve the cease fire in Syria, saved so many lives. Along with president Erdogan of Turkey, a man I’ve gotten to know very well and a man who loves his country,” Trump said. “And In his mind, he’s doing the right thing for his country.”
Trump added that he may meet the Turkish leader “in the very near future.”

Earlier today, Jim Jeffrey, the US envoy for Syria and the coalition against ISIS, said the US believes that Turkish-supported opposition forces in Syria have committed war crimes.

The Kurds are an Iranian ethnic minority with a population in Syria, whom the US has historically supported in the fight against ISIS.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad supported a memorandum reached by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their talks, the Kremlin said.

Putin informed al-Assad in a phone call about the provisions of the Russia-Turkey memorandum on actions in Syria following talks with Erdogan.

The main task is to restore the territorial integrity of Syria and to continue joint efforts for a political settlement of the situation, including work within the framework of the Constitutional Committee, said Putin.The Syrian border guards are ready to enter the Syrian-Turkish border together with the Russian military police, he said.

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